Sloppy Joes and Tater Tots

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Updated: 4/24/2014 10:05 am
Sloppy Joes

1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1 Tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon honey
4 hamburger buns, for serving

Brown meat over medium heat with onion and bell pepper. Cook until meat is done and onions are soft, about 10 minutes.
Add chili powder, pepper and garlic. Stir with meat, and cook until you can smell the garlic, about one to two minutes.
Reduce heat to low, and add the rest of the ingredients. Cook until it becomes thick, about 10 minutes.
Serve on hamburger buns.

Homemade Tater Tots

1 pound potatoes (about 2 medium)
1 tablespoon  flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 to 2 cups canola or vegetable oil for frying

Heat the oven to 450°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Place the potatoes in the oven, and bake until easily pierced with a knife but still firm in the center, about 35 to 40 minutes.
When cool enough to handle, peel away the skin using a paring knife.
Shred the potatoes on the large holes of a box grater. Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl, sprinkle in the flour and salt, and mix until combined.
Add enough of the oil to a large frying pan to reach about 1/4 inch up the sides. Set over medium-high heat until it reaches 350*.
While the oil is heating, form the tots. Measure 1 teaspoon of the potato mixture and roll into a short cylinder. Repeat with the rest of the potatoes.
Fry the tots in batches of 8 to 10 pieces, turning once, until medium golden brown on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate and season with salt.

To freeze: Let the fried tots cool, then transfer to an airtight container or zip-top bag. Arrange in a single layer and place in the freezer. To reheat, heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Evenly spread the tots in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until hot, about 15 minutes.
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